COLUMBUS -- Sonoraville’s Kristen Davis was solid in the circle for her team, but Worth County pitcher Caroline Newton was even more dominant.
Newton allowed just two hits to the Lady Phoenix, and her offense did enough to send Sonoraville to a 4-0 loss in the first round of the Elite Eight on Thursday afternoon. The Lady Phoenix (20-16) fall into the loser’s bracket where they will face Pike County on Friday at noon in an elimination game.
Newton had 12 strikeouts for Worth County as Sonoraville had limited chances to score, and when they did, the Lady Rams got big outs from their defense or a punch-out from the senior hurler.
“She’s probably the best pitcher we’ve seen this year,” said Sonoraville coach Chad Hayes of Newton. “She kept getting ahead of our batters and kept working up with her different variations of rise-balls. A few of our girls made adjustments, but for the most part we made it easy on their defense with strikeouts.”
Worth County got their first run in the third on an RBI-double from Abbey Adkins and then added three more on a three-run homer in the sixth by Taylor White. Sonoraville’s Davis only allowed two hits but both came at crucial times for the opposition. She allowed four runs (two earned) and struck out three.
Griffin Holden had a double, and Payton Townsend had a single for the only two hits for the Lady Phoenix lineup.
Hayes said despite the loss he has confidence in his team based on their resiliency all season.
“We’ve bounced back all year and overcome a lot of adversity,” said Hayes. “We’re used to that. We’ve just got to come out tomorrow, play our game and make fewer mistakes. Unfortunately, a few errors cost us today. Kristen pitched a great game, but we’ve just got to make more plays. I feel good about what this group can do. We’ve just got to make plays and have fewer mistakes.”